Adventures in Genealogy

The Family Tree of Amber Dawn Buchholz

Category: Sweden

Kerstin Andersdotter

Kerstin Andersdotter
My 4th Great Grandmother

Born: 30 Jul 1808 in Föllinge, Jamtland, Sweden
Died: 1906 in Offerdal, Jamtland, Sweden

Father: unknown

Mother: unknown

Husband: Anders Jonsson

Children: Johannes Andersson Forsling

Kerstin was born in Föllinge, Jamtland, which is 100 km from where her husband was born. They were married in Föllinge when she was 20 and he was 22. How did they meet?

Her husband died in Göteborg at age 50, but she lived for another fifty years, dying at age 98! And she died back in Jamtland, in the town of Offerdal, which is about halfway between where she was born and where her husband was born.

Below is a Google Streetview from the center of Föllinge. Nothing to see here, move along now …

Föllinge, Jamtland

Anders Jonsson

Anders Jonsson
My 4th Great Grandfather

Born: 14 Dec 1805 in Halland, Jamtland, Sweden
Died: 7 Dec 1856 in Göteborg, Sweden

Father: unknown

Mother: unknown

Wife: Kerstin Andersdotter

Children: Johannes Andersson Forsling

Jamtland is fairly far north, bordering Norway. Below is a snapshot of Google Maps to give you an idea where, as well as the closest Google Streetview to where the village of Halland is. In this picture, you see there is a small dirt road turning off to the right. This is the road to Halland.

Anders married his wife Kerstin in Jamtland before they both moved to the south. I am very curious what brought them to Göteborg.

Halland Jamtland Sweden Halland Jamtland Streetview

Johannes Andersson Forsling

Johannes Andersson Forsling
My 3rd Great Grandfather

Born: 27 Sep 1833 in Karl Gustav, Halland, Sweden
Died: 16 Oct 1904 in Kimball, Nebraska

Father: Anders Jonsson

Mother: Kerstin Andersdotter

Wife: Inga Kajsa Abrahamsdotter

Children: Alfred Forsling

Johannes Andersson Forsling

Inga Kajsa Abrahamsdotter

Inga Kajsa Abrahamsdotter
My 3rd Great Grandfather

Born: 15 Mar 1832, in Gunnarsjö, Halland, Sweden

Died: 7 Jun 1916 in Kimball, Nebraska

Father: unknown

Mother: unknown

Husband: Johannes Andersson Forsling

Children: Alfred Forsling

Inga Kajsa Abrahamsdotter Forsling

Alfred Forsling

Alfred Forsling
My 2nd Great Grandfather

Born: 10 Dec 1861 in Varberg Ö, Karl Gustav, Halland, Sweden

Died: 6 Feb 1932 in Kimball, Nebraska

Father: Johannes Andersson Forsling

Mother: Inga Kajsa Abrahamsdotter

Wife: Ida Marie Johnson

Children: Elmer Theodore Forsling

The first map gives you an idea of where in Sweden Alfred Forsling was born, and the second map zooms in to give a closer look. It appears to be a tiny village on the shore of a small lake, about 30 km inland from the coast, south of Gothenburg.

There are a few other places named Varberg along the coast in this area, but I am guessing this one is his birth location because I also found information mentioning Karl Gustav, and this is the closest of the Varbergs to Karlgustav.

Varberg Ö_zoom out Varberg Ö_closeup

Ida Marie Johnson

Ida Marie Johnson
My 2nd Great Grandmother

Born: 
29 April 1862 in Sweden
Died: 10 November 1952, Kimball County, Nebraska

Father: unknown

Mother: unknown

Husband: Alfred Forsling

Children: Elmer Theodore Forsling

Johnson doesn’t sound like a very Swedish surname to me, so I wonder if this is an Americanization of a Swedish name.

Ida Johnson immigrated to the United States in 1882, at age 19. I don’t know if Alfred was her first husband or not, but she married him in 1890 at age 27 or 28. They were married in Nebraska, where she lived for the rest of her life.

Ida Marie Johnson Forsling